Saturday, 23 May 2020

Team Scrimpy blog hop, mini catalogue favourites

Today Team Scrimpy and I are on the hop to share with you are most favourite set from the current mini catalogue.

I chose Painted poppies I just love the whole suite. From the lovely papers with the vibrant colours to the pretty stamps and beautifully detailed dies this suite has it all.... better yet the dies and stamps are staying with us in the next catalogue.

This card is created totally from the Poppy Moments dies. Easy to use and layer up creating a beautiful card which will wow the recipient. I kept the colours simple and layers them up. Here we have Coastal Cabana, Soft Sea Foam, Mint Macaron and Pretty Peacock.

I hope you will hop along the other blog links to see what the rest of the hoppers picked as their favourites from the Spring summer mini catalogue.

Here are the links thank you so much for joining us today 

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

Natalie Arnold CLICK HERE

Helen Chandler CLICK HERE

Friday, 22 May 2020

Parisian Beauty

I love to make more than just cards. A huge love of min is Journal making... although I don't get to do nearly enough ! I love little inserts you can slide in a pocket or add to a page, a little secret part to store messages or special memories.
I have been keen to try use my paper hoard up during lockdown and have been systematically using up as much as I can. This project finished of my stash of the Parisian Blossoms DSP. This beautiful paper will no longer be available come June 3rd 2020. So if you love it grab some before it goes.

Great as an alternative to a card, maybe add a gift card or photos ? Either way a great way to use up that DSP.

I do have a full process YouTube tutorial on this project and will share a link below.

Happy Stamping xxx Amanda

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Monday, 18 May 2020

Split card technique with 'To A Wild Rose'

I saw this awesome idea on YouTube and had to try it immediately … credit to Jennifer McGuire for this super easy yet utterly stunning effect.

Simply named the split technique it is what it says... one technique split into two card fronts.
So one lot of work to create two awesome card fronts. Equally beautiful.

I used the Stampin' Up! To A Wild Rose set a beautiful three step photopolymer set. Easy as pie to line up and use with or without a precision stamping tool.

I used Blushing bride for step one, Melon Mambo step two and Lovely Lipstick for step three. For the leaves I used Granny Apple green and stamped of for the internal shading  Then simply cut out the stamped images ready to layer on.

I cut a sheet of card 8 x 5 3/4" lightly scoring the middle at 4". St the centre point arrange and glue the stamped images, trim and excess then cut straight down the middle at 4"to gain two card fronts. These are then simply layered on a card base of your choice I chose white.

Add a simple sentiment and gems if desired. I coloured mine with Lovely lipstick alcohol marker.

BOOM ! thank you Jennifer for the inspiration. I did a full process video while I made this card if you would like to craft along and see how to use the To A Wild Rose set.

Thank you sop much for joining me today please do subscribe to this blog and to my YouTube chanel and come along to say hi.

Happy Stamping xxxx Amanda

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Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Birthday Bonanza 'whack a stack' 15 cards

So lockdown got us all going crazy but at least us crafters have plenty to keep us going. I thought I would share with you my attempt to 'whack as stack'. I wanted to use up a whole paper stack. I did pretty well .. but still lots left groan. At least it shows the Stampin' Up! paper stacks give a lot for the money.

So here is what I came up with using the Birthday Bonanza stack and other items from my crafty hoard.


Here is a close up of the different cads I made...

As you can see the Birthday bonanza is super versatile and you only need a small amount to make great card.

Hope you all stay safe and well.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Team Scrimpy blog hop .. encouragement and support

After a long break from blogging I am returning today to honour my team. Today my lovely team are blog hopping and so by joining I hope to encourage you all to go on and take a look at their blogs and the beautiful creations they have for you today.

Our theme was support and encouragement. I chose a simple inked card with the lovely Dandelion wishes stamp set as my focus.

The simple 'thinking of you' sentiment is often all we need say to show someone we are supporting them. Knowing someone cares and supports in turn encourages.

I kept the colours simple the main being Coastal cabana. Despite my crafty mood being low I still can not say coastal cabana without turning into Barry Manilow and singing that classic tune... it still brings a smile and a little giggle.

Thank you ever so much for coming on over today I do hope you are all ok and managing to stay safe. My thoughts are with you all in these trying and scary times.

What better way to distract the mind that beautiful creations. Here are the links to the rest of the blog hoppers as it were. 

huge crafty hugs xxx Amanda

Simply click each name to visit their blogs

Natalie Arnold

Tricia Smith

Karen Egan

Donna Lester

Victoria Littlewood

Monday, 27 January 2020

Best dressed boxed notecards tutorial

Back today with another super easy and fun way to gift the stunning Best dressed 3x3 note cards. A simple flip over pizza style box decorated with the striking Best Dressed designer series paper. The paper does all the work here to make a simple box look like a very special gift.

I love the simplicity of this and have already sent out two sets of these to crafty friends as gifts. Bothe useful AND pretty.. what more could you need.

I do have a fun step by step tutorial for this project so you can re create this yourself . You will find all the measurments and the products used listed below.

Happy stamping xxxx Amanda

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Cut card to 4 3/4 x 83/4"
short side score at 3/4 - 4"
long side score at3/4 - 4 - 4 3/4 - 8"
dsp layer 3 x 3 " 

Sunday, 26 January 2020

Easy notecard gift set tutorial

Making boxes for notecards is one of my favourite things to craft. This little fold over flap gift box is so simple to create you can easily make these no matter what your experience level is in crafting.

This project is the perfect gift box for those cute 3x3 notecards and makes for an in expensive gift for any occasion.

I used the Best dressed notecards which only need simple decoration to complete. Then created this co-ordinating gift box using the best dressed papers. The sentiment is from the stamp set of the same suite. There are some great sentiments in this set, I chose the Happy Mothers day knowing I could easily punch it out with the classic label punch. making my life easier and my sentiment straight for certain.

I have a fun and full step by step tutorial on this project so you can give it a try. I will leave the measurements and items used below for you .. with all the work done all you need do is have some fun creating.

Happy crafting xxx Amanda

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cut card to 9 1/2 x 6 1/4"
on long side score at 1/2 - 1 - 1 1/2 - 5 - 5 1/2 - 6"
on short side 3/4 - 4 1/4 - 4 3/4"
dip layers 3 1/4 x 3 1/4" or 3 x 3" if you want to be more frugal.

Saturday, 25 January 2020

Team Scrimpy blog hop Under My Umbrella

Today I am blog hopping with some of my team to share ideas using products from or new Spring/ Summer catalogue.

I must admit I got distracted and kinda left this a tad late and in a blind panic chose the first set to hand. The awesome under my umbrella bundle. As you may know I love stamp and punch bundles so this for me is a must. The co-ordination is perfect. Punches are less hassle for me thank dies and great for those who don't have a die cutting machine... I love to collect punches they are my guilty pleasure.

Here is my card you will find links below to the other ladies in the hop and their beautiful creations so please do hop along and check them out.

 I used watercolour techniques on my card. Doing a smooshed background, flicking paint over the top than adding stamped, water coloured then punched out elements.

The sentiment is one stamp which once stamped out I separated in three parts. The border around each is created using a scrap of card dipped in black ink a simple technique to make the words stand out. The wellies are coloured with stampin blends then fussy cut. I think it looks effective. Hope you like it too and will give it a try. 

Here are the other ladies in the hop please do visit and leave words of encouragement.

Happy stamping xxx Amanda

Thursday, 23 January 2020

Peaceful Poppies four ways no 8-11 #31dayscraftchallenge

Today I am sharing several cards made from the same suite. Peaceful Poppies from Stampin' Up! is a fantastic, vibrant and versatile suite of fully co-ordinating products. Ready co-ordination makes your crafting so much easier and you cant fail to make great cards when the colours and products match perfectly. It really does make your crafting so much easier.

You can craft along with me making the last card and see the others up close in the video below.


I will be adding individual photographs after work today when the light is better. You can see them up close in the above video. Excuse the messy desk !

As we are in Sale-a-bration this means for every £45 you spend you can choose a free sale-a-bration item. The items are all listed in my web shop and links are to the left of my blog on a pc or laptop.

Have an amazing day, I shall be back shortly with more fantastic ideas for you to try

Happy stamping xxxx Amanda

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